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Kaibab Forest plans spring prescribed burns

A firefighter backburns during the 2014 McCrae fire. Kaibab National Forest photo

A firefighter backburns during the 2014 McCrae fire. Kaibab National Forest photo

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Fire managers for the Williams Ranger District on the Kaibab National Forest are planning to ignite prescribed fires at various locations across the district through the end of April. Operations may start as soon as April 2. The specific prescribed fire units to be ignited will be chosen based on weather and fuel conditions.

A total of three areas could be treated including the Kendrick and McCracken areas.

The Kendrick prescribed fire area could include 10 burn units. It is approximately 3,400 acres northeast of Williams.

The McCracken East prescribed fire area includes three burn units. It is approximately 840 acres located southeast of Williams.

The McCracken West prescribed fire area includes four burn units. It is approximately 1,700 acres located southeast of Williams.

"Fuel moistures and weather conditions in the springtime are at prescriptive levels to meet objectives for fuels reduction projects," said James Pettit, fire management officer for the Williams Ranger District.

During prescribed fire operations, community members and visitors may see fire personnel and vehicles in the vicinity. Smoke may also be present and may result in short-duration impacts to populated areas.

All prescribed burning on the Kaibab National Forest is subject to approval by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and appropriate weather conditions. For additional information on the Smoke Management Division of the ADEQ and to view prescribed burns authorized on any given day, please visit http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/air/smoke/index.html.

Additional fire information for Kaibab National Forest can be obtained through the following sources: InciWeb http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4112/; Kaibab National Forest Fire information phone line (928) 635-8311; or text message - text 'follow kaibabnf' to 40404.

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